According to the official lifecycle calendar at http://www.mysql.com/about/legal/lifecycle/#calendar, active support for MySQL 5.0 (including regular binary updates) will end on December 31st, 2009, which is about 3 weeks away.
Many folks are still using MySQL 5.0.45, as until October that was the package that came with RedHat. That was released in July 2007, over 2 years ago!
Upgrading to MySQL 5.1 is not difficult, though it requires more steps than just upgrading the packages.
There is a list with all the changes made that might affect the …[Read more...]